Originally posted by TheBloop
He definitely reshaped the course of music during his brief career (basically about 2 years). Just about every major act of the 60s and 70s acknowledged their debt to Holly. The Beatles and Stones both covered some of Holly's songs. In fact, Lennon chose an insect name for the group because of the Crickets (the Beatles were f/k/a the Silver Beetles).
And also Eddie Cochran, he was good friends with all of them on the plane and was paranoid about dying in a transport accident, and tried to get out of out-of-town gigs, but was talked into a gig in London. At the age of 22, he was killed in a taxi ride where a tire blew out and the driver lost control, Eddie tried to cover his gf in the car and was thrown out of an open door and died the next day.
Remember "There ain't no cure for the Summertime Blues"?